Craft-focused editing for speculative fiction,
spiritual nonfiction, and other transformational stories

All writers are storytellers.

Some are story alchemists.

If you’re a story alchemist, your writing has a worldview, not just a plot. You believe words conjure reality, and you want to shape how readers imagine what's possible.
 

You also know readers aren't transformed by a series of events or ideas on a page;

they're transformed by an immersive, authentic narrative.


But the writing process can dull your initial inspiration. In speculative fiction, the heart of your story may get lost in the details of worldbuilding, character arcs, and plot. For spiritual nonfiction, your story needs to balance clarity and structure with vulnerability and depth.

If you have a completed draft, but you're not feeling the magic, you don't

need to give up – you just need to reinfuse your craft with your vision.

Hello! I'm Mary.

I help writers create transformational stories through

craft-focused editing.

I’ll help you identify the most powerful elements of your writing, the stuff with potential to become true gold. Together, we’ll distill your voice and your narrative, so readers won’t just read your work – they’ll be transformed by it.

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When I asked Mary for editorial feedback, I didn't realize that she would help me see my story in a completely new way. Mary intuitively understood my fictional world and worked with me to clarify my vision. She deftly identified the plot points that were muddying the narrative and asked insightful questions about my characters. Mary’s thoughtful analysis of the broader themes was equally matched by her attention to other elements of craft. Her suggestions were encouraging and constructive, and always aimed to amplify my voice rather than insert her own.

 

Mary's feedback was exactly what I needed to deepen my ideas and move forward with a much stronger piece of fiction. I would work with her again in a heartbeat!

Nada P., science fiction writer

Who I love working with:

  • authors writing genre fiction that breaks boundaries and illuminates margins

  • counselors and coaches creating nonfiction on radical spirituality, personal development, and collective healing

A few of my favorite things:

  • science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, magic realism, retellings

  • mythology and folklore, transpersonal psychology, eco-spirituality, paganism, witchcraft, tarot

  • LGBTQIA+ characters and topics, diverse worldbuilding

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